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Mid-South couple wrote and produced an R&B song that’s igniting a buzz around Memphis

DALLAS — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir.

Today, their bond is as close as it’s ever been.

Having formed a courtship a little more than two years ago, Wade and King have collectively put their musical talents on display, courtesy of a newly-produced song entitled, “Love Is A Gift.”

LOVE AND MUSIC 

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir. Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense have become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.
A native of Memphis, King has been an accomplished songwriter for quite some time, she told Making Headline News Friday morning.

Wade, also a native Memphian, has been writing and singing for the past 19 years.

Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense has become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.


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MAD SKILLS — Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

Produced by Memphian Jonathan Davenport of EBJ Entertainment, the “Love Is A Gift” digital track has been officially released and is available for only $1.29 at https://swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com/releases.

Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

“I just started my journey as a songwriter,” King, much to her delight, told MHN.

Interestingly, it is a journey she and Wade hope eventually catches the R & B music world by storm — much sooner than later.


“This song was written because the world is in such a bad place morally and spiritually,” said King, explaining the direct message she and Wade are aiming to send through an R&B hit that was recently thrust in rotation on Memphis’ 103.5 WRBO. “We are trying to bring true love with a real R&B feel back in 2019.”


THEY DID THAT — A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

Though “Love Is A Gift” made its radio debut during the holiday season and is centered in large part on Christmas, King said the song is accompanied by what she describes as a “universal message,” meaning listeners can play it “all year round,” she acknowledged.

“The audience will be blessed by the feeling of love…to turn their minds off the world for a minute and feel good,” King said.

A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

The rest, as they say, was history.

“It was easy to assemble the song,” said King, adding that other collaborative music projects are forthcoming.


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Memphis businessman Oginga Carr urging local media outlets to ‘pay attention’ to his forthcoming Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp

Virtually everyone can use a much-needed breakthrough.

Especially entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

POINTING PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION — Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

That is why accomplished Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

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A two-day event that will take place June 9-10 in Memphis at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center that is located at 2240 Democrat Road, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp has been dubbed the “No. 1 Leadership Event” in the Mid-South, in large part because it is designed to help shape the legacy, particularly of business-minded individuals who have become greatly inspired to routinely assess their lives and, most importantly, where they sensed they should be at this present stage.  

BIRTHING SUCCESS — This year, however, Mid-South Businessman Oginga Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they deem The Birth Of The Champion.

“The Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp is about creating breakthroughs in your business and in your life to create the legacy you desire,” said a spokesperson for Carr’s event in a detailed description of it at Bablive.com.

In 2017, Carr and his constituents paid homage to what was known as The Birth Of The High Achiever.

“We gave you the steps to achieve your goals in life,” Carr, the Founder of I Dream I Achieve Academy®, said of last year’s inaugural bootcamp.

This year, however, Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they have deemed The Birth Of The Champion.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

“It’s time to create the championship legacy for you and your family,” Carr, the owner and CEO of Epiphany Consulting LLC, told Making Headline News this week.

The second year for the Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures be just as festive and informative as last year, considering Carr has invited a proverbial dream team of entrepreneurs to share with the masses an assortment of keys to entrepreneurship success.

Sustained success, that is.

“We are so delighted to have our speakers this year,” Carr said.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders how to be able to relate to their teams.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

In essence, Lash customarily helps athletes acquire careers as media personalities, as well as coaches people on how to get more of their legacy in their lives.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders on how to be able to relate to their teams.

ROLL IN THE CAMERAS — An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

“We are excited to have these internationally acclaimed speakers in our midst,” said Carr, whose Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

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“Media outlets have to pay attention to this event, because there are so many bad things that are highlighted (in the Memphis-metropolitan area),” Carr said. “It’s time that we highlight more good.  We are bringing a high level leadership event to Memphis, where people can get amazing content that will help them immediately for a small price. We are so confident that you will have a breakthrough at this event, that if you don’t get something out of this event, we will give you your money back.”

In addition, Carr and his staff have implemented an added bonus for those who attend this year’s bootcamp.

“This year, we have partnered with BookVIP to offer an amazing benefit to those who come to our event,” Carr explained. “We are providing a complimentary four-day, three-night vacation package for accommodations to Las Vegas or Orlando for anyone who attends this event.  This is an amazing offer and is only valid for a limited time.”

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IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF SUCCESS — Carr’s Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

Not only that, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that his forthcoming business-oriented event stands out above others that similar to it for a variety of reasons.

“We stand out over other events (because of) how practical it is, Carr said. “This is not a motivational seminar.  We will have tons of fun, but we are going to give you an action plan to change your life and the lives of your families.”

According to a spokesperson, Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp officials welcome sponsorships, which they say is a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their brand, as well as gain targeted exposure through leadership, trailblazing entrepreneurs, and potential customers.

 

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman Oginga Carr and the Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcampconnect with him via social media under: “Oginga Carr.” Also, send email to: Oginga@ogingacarr.com

 

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Memphian Shelandra Ford boasts a huge home field advantage as she lobbies for her first political seat

MEMPHISShelandra Ford is a Memphian.

Born and raised to be technical.

A proud product of North Memphis — the same historic district that has witnessed countless of inner city individuals savor sustained success — Ford attended Shannon Elementary, Cypress Jr. High, and Frayser Kingsbury High Schools before enrolling at nearby Bethel University.

HER TIME IS NOW — A native Memphian and a longtime Shelby County Government employee, Shelandra Ford will be afforded the golden opportunity to add to her quest to assume Register of Deeds in the coming election May 1. The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“I have been here with the people of Shelby County throughout our struggle,” Ford, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said while recalling her upbringing in her native establishment.

For what it’s worth, Ford had deemed it essential somewhere along the way to demonstrate to the citizens of Memphis that she is destined to become an even greater ambassador for a city that is in dire need of change, particularly from a political standpoint.

“It is time to make a change,” Ford has said with such authority time and again on her Facebook page in recent weeks.

It is, by all accounts, because the Memphis-metropolitan area is longing for an array of favorable changes that Ford has announced her quest to assume the Shelby County Register of Deeds seat in the upcoming election.

“Hey, friends and family, I need your support,” Ford said in social media post last week. “I’m the only minority candidate for the Register of Deeds Office.”

If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on this, the first attempt for the Shelby County Democratic candidate.

The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“Claiming my office,” Ford wrote in a Facebook post just after midday CST on Tuesday.

FIRST PLACE, FIRST TIME — If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on her first attempt.

In her quest to claim Register of Deeds, she will undoubtedly need thousands of fellow Memphians to help steer her to victory by showing up in massive numbers at the polls in the coming weeks.

If nothing else, amongst the things on which Ford can surely hang her hat is that she’s armed with some much-needed home field advantage, of sorts, as Election Day 2018 looms.

For starters, Ford is currently a Principal Court Clerk for Shelby County Government Civil Court.

In addition, she’s responsible for allocating what is known as an even workflow, during which she customarily interacts with various department managers to ensure that work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner.

A Shelby County Government tenure that spans nearly two decades, Ford’s professional stint officially began on May 21, 1998, during which she served as a Clerical Specialist for the Shelby County Health Department.

LEAST SHE FORGET — Displayed is one of Ford’s favorite quotes, one that was uttered by iconic Civil Rights giant, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To her credit, Ford advanced and worked diligently in several departments for the government, most notably when she was appointed by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to the Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee as Employee Representative.

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AWWWWWW —- Ford’s beloved grandchildren.

Interestingly, Ford is the owner and chief executive officer of the Mid-South-area Creative Graphic Designs, Inc.

As for her quest to assume the Register of Deeds Office, Ford provided the citizens of Shelby County with a strategic, effective synopsis of her notable policies that will include, among other things:

  • Ensuring that any additional IT investments made by the taxpayers of Shelby County are well spent and that her Access for All initiative is her No. 1 priority.
  • Forming a community-based engagement task force that will appropriately explain in great detail the paperwork processes for the Registers Office
  • Working diligently with other Clerk Offices and community groups to ensure all fees are collected for the sole purposes of benefiting taxpayers and,
  • Ensuring that the Register’s Office Staff will have an advocate before the Board of Commissioners, particularly when it comes to wage increases, as well as a strong advocate for ensuring every customer of the Register’s Office is met with respect and treated with dignity.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED — Ford’s mother.

“Again, these are just a few things Ms. Shelandra Ford will implement upon being sworn in on Sept. 1,” a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign told Making Headline News.

Oh, and let’s not forget what Ford appropriately outlined as her assortment of “campaign goals,” which include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Being an advocate for the Shelby County community.
  • Building better communication between the Deeds Office and the people of Shelby County.
  • Creating new, innovative ideas to help educate, empower, and enliven the Shelby County community and,
  • Improving efficiency of database information and providing customer friendly options for filing private documents. 
CAST YOUR VOTE — All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

“She’s truly a public servant,” said a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign.

A repetitive catchphrase that, to her credit, has been uttered by Shelby County Government for nearly the past two decades.

Which, fortunately for Ford as she lobbies for her first political seat, is just the kind of unyielding support she needs as she enters this jam-packed race with some much-needed homefield advantage.

Talk about a change for the better for a city she’s pleading to work together.

 

MEMPHIAN SHELANDRA FORD AT A GLIMPSE:

  • Principal Court Clerk with Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court
  • Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee Employee Representative
  • Civil Service positions within Shelby County since 1998
  • “JUST SAY YES” Youth Empowerment Program
  • Owner of Creative Graphic Designs Inc.
  • Kingsbury High School Graduate
  • Bethel University (Class of Summer 2018)
  • Member of Christ In You Faith Temple

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Memphis-area businessman Tony Jackson enjoying sustained success on Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

MEMPHIS — For a young businessman, Tony Jackson has quickly made a monumental impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

Mid-South-area Businessman Tony Jackson

Credit his immeasurable, thinking-outside-the-box temperament as the No. 1 reason why.

A native of Memphis, Jackson’s business-related track record is such that he’s been nothing short of brilliant, most notably as a managing member for Mobile2UTech, which is powered by Arlington Computers, LLC.

“We have just changed the name to Mobile2UTech to ensure customers that we service all of the Mid-South and not just Arlington,” Jackson told Making Headline News during an interview this week.

Mobile2UTech has two drop-off locations in the Memphis-metropolitan area: 12029 Mott Street in Arlington and 4717 Poplar Avenue at Cartridge World. 

TEN-NES-SEE HIS MAJOR MOVES — A native of Memphis, Tony Jackson’s business-related track record is such that he’s been nothing short of brilliant, most notably as managing member for Mobile2UTech, which is powered by Arlington Computers, LLC.

A business that went into operations in 2005, Mobile2UTech is widely known for operating in the ever-so-competitive computer and software stores industry, particularly within the equipment store sector.

For Jackson, 34, a 2002 graduate of Raleigh Egypt High, he brings a wealth of experience to Mobile2UTech, in large part because of his solid entrepreneurship background.

A business that went into operations in 2005, Mobile2UTech is widely known for operating in the ever-so-competitive computer and software stores industry, particularly within the home furniture, furnishings, and equipment stores sector.

During the infancy stages of his career, for instance, Jackson acquired what he labels his “initial bug for entrepreneurship” from longtime Mid-South-area restaurant owner David Sharek, for whom Jackson once worked.

“He taught me leadership and customer service,” Jackson said of his notable connection with Sharek. “David also helped me make gains at an early age in the stock market.”

So much, in fact, that the restaurant owner aided Jackson mightily in that this young businessman had ultimately found himself on the good right end of Google stock at approximately $250 per share, he recalled.

“Once I saw earnings roll in, I needed the ability to invest by volume,” Jackson said. “And the quickest way to earn dollars was business ownership.”

For what it’s worth, one favorable connection for Jackson had eventually given way to another.

And another one.

And another one.

And…well, you get the point.

MUCH NEEDED TIP-IN — During the infancy stages of his career, Jackson acquired what he labels his “initial bug for entrepreneurship” from longtime Mid-South-area restaurant owner David Sharek, whom Jackson once worked for.

“Now, as far as computers in general, I attribute those dealings to Janet Blue, who was at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis (or TCAT). Kevin Woods told me the importance of buckling down and getting certified. The original owner was Mike McDonald. Shay Berthelson was the guy who introduced me to Mike,” Jackson explained.

Such pivotal connections had ultimately given way to Jackson being offered ownership approximately one year since becoming affiliated with Arlington-based  business, a development that eventually led to yet another golden opportunity when Jackson bought out McDonald’s interest at 100 percent in 2013, thus becoming the sole owner.

AWWWWWW — Aside from his remarkable connections, Jackson credits a majority of his success to Monica Jackson, his wife of 11 years. The couple has two children: their son, Brennan, and daughter, Bailey.

“My personal mission is just to be valued,” Jackson said of his sustained entrepreneurship success. “I love the feeling of helping someone in their time of need.”

Because after all, reaching back and helping others isn’t just the moral thing to do. More than anything, it’s priceless, Jackson hinted.

“I say often that success to me is not money,” Jackson said. “Success to me is to be valued by everyone I come in contact with. Therefore I am successful.”

After graduating from Raleigh Egypt, Jackson advanced his education at nearby Tennessee College Of Applied Technology, a development that, much to his delight, led to him being thrust amongst Emerging Leaders of Memphis, during which he received Comp Tia Certifications from New Horizons.

For Jackson, 34, a 2002 graduate of Raleigh Egypt High, he brings a wealth of experience to Mobile2UTech, in large part because of his solid entrepreneurship background.

Aside from his remarkable connections, he credits a majority of his success to Monica Jackson, his wife of 11 years. The couple has two children: their son, Brennan, and daughter, Bailey.

Interestingly, Jackson has become an ambassador throughout the Mid-South business-related landscape.

He has shared of his success during a host of entrepreneurship summits and classes, most notably Rise Foundation at National College of Business and Technology, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and SEED CO Entrepreneurship, among others.

In addition, his valiant contributions to aspiring entrepreneurs have given way to wave of media attention for Jackson whom, given the strides he’s made in recent years, it’s safe to assume that he’s just starting to warm up on this, the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

“I think it’s imperative that I inspire others, because I feel that everyone deserves their shot at greatness,” Jackson said. “You will achieve whatever you say you will. You just have to keep at it. I also feel that we are called by God to be a light to everyone. And just maybe someone will see Christ through me by my actions, and seek Him for all their answers in life.”

Spoken like a thriving, progressive, humble young businessman, one who has quickly made a monumental impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

Credit his immeasurable, thinking-outside-the-box temperament as the No. 1 reason why.

 

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman Tony Jackson, call 901-867-9262. Also, connect with him via social media at: Instagram: @arlingtoncomputersgeneral and Twitter: @Arlingtoncompu1

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Days from celebrating her 80th birthday, Memphis mom expresses gratitude in her daughter’s upcoming milestone

DESTINY STEPS — The youngest of 15 children, Memphian Gayle Johnson Morrow will be amongst a throng of candidates for diplomas when she earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources during the University of Phoenix’s commencement exercises Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

DALLAS — Chances are, Edward Johnson, Sr. broke away from his post in heaven, peeped through the clouds, then smiled at what had unfolded last weekend.

That’s because his baby girl, during a pre-graduation celebratory gathering that was comprised of a gallery of family members, friends and close acquaintances, was just days away from making some family history, of sorts.

“I think he would be so excited,” Vernice Johnson, during a telephone interview with Making Headline News Wednesday morning from Memphis, said of her late husband, when asked how she thought he would have reacted had he lived to witness the forthcoming graduation of their daughter, Gayle Johnson Morrow. “I think he would be beside himself to see his baby daughter.”

The youngest of 15 children, Morrow will be amongst a throng of candidates for diplomas when she earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources during the University of Phoenix’s commencement exercises Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

BUILT FOR GREATNESS — For Morrow, while earning a college degree will come as virtually no surprise to anyone, considering the Memphis Northside High alum was a fixture in making the honor roll “from Kindergarten through twelfth grade” according to her mother, such a milestone undoubtedly is a long time coming.

For Morrow, while earning a college degree will come as virtually no surprise to anyone, considering the 1992 Memphis Northside High graduate was a fixture in making the honor roll “from Kindergarten through twelfth grade” according to her mother, such a milestone undoubtedly is a long time coming.

As Johnson explained, for years, her daughter — although her academic track record was such that she was equipped to adjust to and master college life — essentially had put off enrolling in college, in large part because she was often labeled a nerd for as long as she could recall.

Consequently, Dr. Rebecca Guy, a former University of Memphis professor and close friend to the Johnson family, often encouraged Morrow to strongly consider pursuing higher education because, according to Morrow’s mother, she had “all those brains.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Years removed from having filled out an application and being granted admission, years removed having declared a major, years removed from having earned her first A, years removed from having endured sleepless nights to study for mid-term and final exams, Morrow is just a few days away from earning higher education’s most covenant prize — a college degree.

MORE ON UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: https://www.phoenix.edu

GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY — As Johnson explained, for years, her daughter — although her academic track was such that she was equipped to adjust and master college life — essentially had put off enrolling in college, in large part because she was often labeled a nerd for as long as she could recall.

“I thank God that she had a mind to go and to have the mind to go and be blessed,” Johnson, who turns 80 August 17, said.  “Dr. Guy once said, ‘Gayle, you have all those brains and I don’t know why you won’t go to college.’ But I thank God that she had a mind to go after having two children.”

That Morrow and her siblings were raised in a mostly Christian-oriented environment where assigned responsibilities were strictly enforced has contributed mightily to her academic success, Johnson acknowledged.

As for the constant “nerd” name-calling that essentially delayed Morrow’s quest for adding a college degree to her notable academic resume, come Saturday morning when her name is uttered through the loudspeakers by the dean of her college, such trash talk will have become a distant memory.

MORE IRONY — That Morrow’s celebratory event took place on what would have been her father’s 91st birthday was another reason her mother couldn’t dare take a rain check after an exhausting week in which she had attended church each night. Johnson will celebrate her 80th birthday August 17.

Given the festive, exuberant turnout last weekend during Morrow’s pre-graduation celebration, it’s safe to assume it already has.

“She said, ‘I’m so sick of these children (calling me a nerd),’” Johnson said. “But she was tired of just being a high school graduate. She wants to make more money, and there were a lot of things she wasn’t qualified for. She knew she needed to go (to college). She was determined. She wouldn’t give up.”

IT WAS ALL WORTH IT — Years removed from filling out an application and being granted admission, years removed having declared a major, years removed from having earned her first A, years removed having endured sleepless nights to study for mid-term and final exams, Morrow is just a few days away from earning higher education’s most covenant prize — a college degree.

That Morrow’s celebratory event took place on what would have been her father’s 91st birthday was another reason Johnson couldn’t fathom taking a rain check after an exhausting week in which she had attended church each night.

“I was so excited,” Johnson said. “I was so tired. But I couldn’t miss that event and miss my baby child, who made it through.”

If Morrow’s father was alive, chances are he would have echoed those sentiments, her mother said.

“He would have kind of wanted to stick his chest out,” Johnson said.

Considering what is about to take place on Saturday, that her father likely broke away from his post in heaven, peeped through the clouds, then smiled surely was the appropriate response toward his baby girl, who is on the brink of making some family history, of sorts.

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Mid-South-area author Dr. Sharliese Boateng assembles an awe-inspiring, spiritually gut-checking book in memory of her father

DESTINY STEPS — A staff pharmacist for Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Sharliese Boateng is the mastermind behind the emotionally inspiring book, Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain to Purpose. A 176-page, paperback written document that officially made its presence on the market in April 2017, Boateng, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how during a flight to Ghana, West Africa in 2009, God strategically infused within her the idea of comparing a pregnant woman’s journey to that of our destiny and purpose, a life-changing, attention-grasping sequence He ultimately dropped in her spirit.

WEST MEMPHIS, Arkansas — Just after midday Tuesday, Dr. Sharliese Boateng wasted little time taking to her Facebook page to pay homage to the man widely known as “Big Ed” — or Edwin Dwayne Tatum to be technical.

Said Dr. Boateng in an awe-inspiring post that gave way to her acquiring a number of likes and favorable comments accompanied by a few intriguing hashtags:

As I head downstairs to autograph more books for Saturday, I can’t help but to recall the conversation my late father, Big Ed, and I had following a family altercation. He told me I would write a book to tell my story and help others! I laughed because that dude was always trying to make money. His heart was pure as gold, but his hands were always GREEN! Well, I listened to him more than 10 years ago when he said it. NOW I SEE! Daddy was RIGHT! Just having a #thinkingofmydaddy moment #restinlovebigguy…LITTLE ROCK, SEE YOU SATURDAY!#pregnantwithdestiny #therespurposeinthepain #push

Though Dr. Boateng’s father is a little more than 10 years removed from his death, that memorable, forthright suggestion he offered his daughter is something about which she didn’t merely take lightly.

Amongst the reasons is that the dialogue between Dr. Boateng and her father essentially served a memorable key ingredient, of sorts, particularly as it pertained to this accomplished medical professional taking a monumental step toward fulfilling the purpose for which God created her.

A staff pharmacist for Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital who resides in nearby West Memphis, Dr. Boateng is the mastermind behind the emotionally inspiring book, Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose.

A 176-page, paperback written document that officially made its presence on the market in April 2017, Dr. Boateng, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how during a flight to Ghana, West Africa in 2009, God had strategically infused within her the concept of comparing a pregnant woman’s journey to that of our destiny and purpose — a life-changing, attention-grasping sequence He ultimately dropped in her spirit.

“To be obedient to God for starters, but also to simply restore hope into people who have lost sight of their destiny due to distractions, frustrations, past traumatic events, etc.,” said Dr. Boateng, explaining the single, most underlying reason she chose to write her recently-released book.

REMEMBER ‘BIG ED’ — Just after midday Tuesday, Dr. Boateng wasted little time taking to her Facebook page to pay homage to the guy widely known as “Big Ed” — or Edwin Dwayne Tatum to be technical.

A book she needed roughly 6 ½ years to complete, Dr. Boateng’s Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose emphasizes, among other things, that your destiny has always been something that God ordained to be tunneled vision but, because of life’s trials and tribulations, it has been seen through panoramic vision, Dr. Boateng explained in a detailed description on her book’s back cover.

In addition, Dr. Boateng eloquently explains how we include things that aren’t merely meant for the journey, yet we capture them in our view, she said.

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LEAN NOT UNTO OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING — All things considered, it is through the sometimes dreaded process that gives way to us becoming spiritually impregnated with destiny or, to be more specific, finding the strength and solace that will greatly drive us closer to Almighty God, Dr. Boateng essentially explains.

“My friend, everybody has a story,” Dr. Boateng boldly professes. “A past filled with happiness or painful things that you are not so proud about.”

Then without hesitation, this accomplished motivational speaker poses a rather thought-provoking question in her lofty quest to change and impact a generation through her compelling, provocative new book.

“But what if I told you that it all works out for your good and your life’s purpose?” Dr. Boateng asked. “Yes, God has created each of us with a powerful destiny, but the question that lies ahead is this: Are you willing to go through the process to see it birthed out?”

GOD ENDORSED IT — “To be obedient to God for starters, but also to simply restore hope into people who have lost sight of their destiny due to distractions, frustrations, past traumatic events, etc.,” said Dr. Boateng, explaining the single, most underlying reason she chose to write her recently-released book.

All things considered, it is through the sometimes dreaded process that gives way to us becoming spiritually impregnated with destiny or, to be more specific, finding the strength and solace that will greatly drive us closer to Almighty God, Dr. Boateng essentially explains.

“Another level of anointing, power and greatness is within your reach and the birthing will soon reveal it,” Dr. Boateng said. “All you have to do is rest assure and know that you are pregnant with destiny!”

Interesting enough, Dr. Boateng — a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who will host book signings Saturday and Sunday in her native establishment — acknowledged that her book is actually the “catalyst” and “platform” that will push her further into her destiny, particularly with regards to speaking into and over the lives of those who can’t quite make sense of which trimester they’re in.

Spiritual trimester, that is.

A book in which she needed roughly 6 ½ years to complete, Dr. Boateng’s Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose emphasizes, among other things, that your destiny has always been something that God ordained to be tunneled vision, but because of life’s trials and tribulations, it has been seen through panoramic vision, explained a spokesperson for Dr. Boateng’s book at Amazon.com.

“This will be done through many speaking engagements, my own empowerment conferences, etc,” said Dr. Boateng, who’s also scheduled to promote her book during a Women’s Conference at New Hope Church of God In Christ in Wrightsville, Arkansas September 23 at 3 p. m. before returning to Ghana January 1-10 for more book signings. “God has called me to be a beacon of light to many, and I must allow the light to shine in a dark place of others to help push them to greater.

For what it’s worth, Dr. Boateng is confident her reading audience won’t misinterpret her book’s uniquely-designed cover that, to her credit, essentially tells a story in its own right.

DON’T GET IT TWISTED — Interesting enough, Dr. Boateng — a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who will host book signings Saturday and Sunday in her native establishment at Nations of Kings Assembly — acknowledged that her book is actually the “catalyst” and “platform” that will push her further into her destiny, particularly with regards to speaking into and over the lives of those who can’t quite make sense of which trimester they’re in. Spiritual trimester, that is.

“Some may look at the cover, see the word ‘pregnant,’ and automatically assume that this is a book for females only,” Dr. Boateng explained. “Not quite. Every person, be it male or female, has a spiritual womb, and God allows each person to have their own unique process to birth out that dream, vision, and purpose to ultimately fulfill destiny. In the end, it all brings glory back to the Father, because He placed it there from the beginning.”

As for her male counterparts…

“Men, don’t run,” Dr. Boateng said. “Read the book…reflect and embrace where you are, knowing that you too are pregnant with destiny.”

For this thriving, progressively resourceful author, no one knew that more than Big Ed.

Surely, dad knew best all along.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

VOTE NOW: Memphis serial entrepreneur Angie Steele vying for grand prize in Luster’s New Face Of Pink Contest

MEMPHIS — For many individuals, social media is mostly described as pure entertainment.

For Angie Steele, in many cases, it has become a monumental way of life.

Amongst the reasons of that not only has Steele, an accomplished Mid-South-area businesswoman, enjoyed sustained success, but that she has become a fixture in this ever-so-popular social media world is benefiting her mightily in the process.

So much, in fact, that Steele has been afforded the golden opportunity to add to her already immeasurable entrepreneurship repertoire, considering she is in the running to win the New Face Of Pink Contest.

Powered by Luster’s Pink, Steele, a native of Memphis, recently thrust her name in this contest by “simply being on social media,” she said.

A Memphis Westwood High School alum, Steele is an avid vlogger for her Let’s Talk Vlog with Angie Steele Live that airs frequently on Facebook. In addition, she is a regular follower and longtime supporter of a variety of companies, most notably Luster’s.

Which, in her case, makes all of the sense in the world to enter a contest whereby this longtime professional cosmetologist essentially has garnered some homefield advantage, of sorts, now that the voting phase is underway.

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“I saw the campaign and hopped right on it to sign up,” Steele told Making Headline News this week.

The Face Of Pink Contest was spearheaded via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Voting began back on April 3 and ends on August 12 at  11:59 p.m. CST.

The winners’ names will be selected by public voters, by Luster’s Pink, as well as its affiliates (or influencer partners), according to a summary of the rules at www.newfaceofpink.com.

The grand prize winner will walk away $1,000 and will become the beneficiary of a makeover photo shoot in Chicago and will be featured as a Luster’s Pink Model sometime in 2018.

Also, the grand prize winner will receive a three month’s supply of Luster’s Pink products.

When asked how does her craft and professionalism as a cosmetologist stands out above others in this industry, Steele said, “Wow…great question! I believe my craft stands out in the salon industry and sits well with my clients and those who learn of me, because I follow the code of professionalism. Trends are great and I do follow some, but what’s most important is hair care.

“I’m very particular about the products I use in my clients’ hair and the chemicals used in them. It’s important for me to stay on top of understanding my client needs. They seem to appreciate me more and feel valued.”

And because she routinely goes above and beyond to steadfastly put her clients first as well as exceed their expectations, she is hopeful her strongest supporters will, in turn, hasten to the internet and vote on her behalf to win a remarkable contest of lifetime.

“This contest is a testament to my hard work because this would be the ultimate form of, ‘You’ve arrived,’” Steele said. “To be featured for a major product line would reset the stage…not set it. I’ve been in the industry for 16 years and people do know me. But this platform would be a launcher to show others they can do anything. Hair stylist work hard to gain clients and followers so again, this would show I stuck with it and by sticking with it good things happen.”

So if she emerges as the grand prize winner…

“I give honor to God,” said Steele, when asked to finish that sentence. “More so, if I win, this feature would help to not live selfishly to put $1,000 in my pocket, but to pay it forward toward my yearly hair camp for girls that focus on self-esteem and seldom acceptance called Camp S.A.S.E.”

Typical Angie Steele, a true, devoted ambassador to her community and the Mid-South.

So vote now.

 

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Mid-South-area businesswoman Angie Steele making her presence felt in Memphis community, surrounding areas

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Arkansas-based author Tyneisha Renai Collins’ recalls an assortment of her life’s obstacles in her new book, “I AM QUEEN”

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

 

IN THE PRESENCE OF ROYALTY — Arkansas-based author and educator Tyneisha Renai Collins, a confident, thriving, mesmerizing woman of substance knows full well that even when people attempted to sabotage her destiny and spiritually bury her altogether, she was, as far as her Creator is concerned, a seed who was destined to prosper in ways unimaginable. Having pressed and navigated her way through an assortment of hurtful, tear-jerking encounters, Collins, to her credit, thought it essential to tell of her life-enhancing, awe-inspiring testimonies in her new book entitled, “I AM QUEEN.” The book was officially released in March.

OSCEOLA, ArkansasTyneisha Renai Collins knows full well.

She knows full well that even when she formed in her mother’s womb, the mere fact that she was conceived wasn’t in any way, shape, or form, a mishap.

She knows full well that even while a majority of her life was spent being raised in Arkansas, that God had miraculous plans for the life of this gifted Bronx, New York native and current educator of Osceola High School. 

She knows full well that she in spite of the slew of obstacles and hurdles about which she had to clear during the course of her young life, that God had strategically set her aside for His use.

In essence, Collins, a confident, thriving, mesmerizing woman of substance knows full well that even when people attempted to sabotage her destiny, thus spiritually bury her altogether, she was, as far as her Creator is concerned, a seed who was destined to prosper in ways unimaginable.

“I truly believe that my purpose in life is to inspire, encourage, uplift, and strengthen young women,” Collins, an Osceola High alum, told Making Headline News this week. “In order to accomplish these things, I had to experience pain in my life so I could have a story to tell about how amazing God has been to me.”

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Having pressed and navigated her way through an assortment of hurtful, tear-jerking encounters, Collins, to her credit, thought it essential to tell of her life-enhancing, awe-inspiring testimonies in her new book entitled, “I AM QUEEN.”

A compelling, informative 194-page written document that was officially released in March of this year, “I AM QUEEN” is a provocative, attention-grabbing story that depicts Collins’ array of life’s struggles, most notably those in which she recalled having been constantly shunned and abandoned by her mother as a little girl without any knowledge of the identity of her father.

A compelling, informative 194-page written document that was officially released in March of this year, “I AM QUEEN” is a provocative, attention-grabbing story that depicts Collins’ array of life’s struggles, most notably those in which she recalled having been constantly shunned and abandoned by her mother as a little girl with virtually no knowledge of the identity of her father.

Interesting enough, Collins’ “I AM QUEEN’’ is an emotional story, of sorts, that involves a young girl whose mother’s seemingly unyielding rejection was once too much to bear, according to a spokesperson for Collin’s book at Amazon.com.

“There are so many little girls and young women in the world that are broken and hurting for whatever reasons, and God choose me to be a voice through my book by letting Queens all over the world know you that in order to get your healing, you have to first look at your issues dead in the face and admit that you are indeed broken,” said Collins, when asked what is the divine message she’s sending to her audience through this book.

In addition, Collins alluded to her mostly challenging childhood and adult life in her book, particularly when she experienced multiple failed and abusive relationships. Not to be outdone, however, God consequently provided her a way of escape, courtesy of the valiant support of other family members and, above all, a close-knit relationship with Him.

In a nutshell, Collins — armed with such poise and assertiveness and overwhelming beauty — discovered that she is royalty and indeed, a Queen who has overcome and outlasted the spirit of rejection.

A Queen whom, for the record, knows full well she’s fearfully and wonderfully made.

“I AM QUEEN’ inspires those who have had abandonment issues from their parents to persevere in prayer and faith, and to always shine as a Queen,” Collins said. My book is just one way in which I believe God is using me.”

IN THE PRESENCE OF ROYALTY — Collins alluded to her mostly challenging childhood and adult life in her book, particularly when she experienced multiple failed and abusive relationships. Not to be outdone, however, God consequently provided her a way of escape, courtesy of the valiant support of other family members and, above all, a close-knit relationship with Him. In a nutshell, Collins, armed with such poise and assertiveness and overwhelming beauty — discovered that she is royalty and indeed, a Queen.

Because she has managed to conquer her past hurts and hardships, Collins believes that her transparency through her book will greatly inspire other women to cling to unwavering faith when facing rejection.

“Women all over the world are hurting for numerous different reasons and they need to know that they are not alone,” Collins said. “Someone out there has experienced similar things, and that they were able to overcome these very things. Everybody has a story, but only a few are courageous enough to actually share their truth. Transparency brings change. My book just one way in which I believe GOD is using me.”

All things considered, Collins acknowledged that producing her book likely would not have come to fruition if not for the valiant contributions by the Little Rock, Arkansas-based  JKenkade Publishing Company.

Also, Collins said her “I AM QUEEN” nonprofit organization is presently in the works and will be designed to assist young African-American girls in the community.

Powered by her nonprofit, Collins has established the “The I AM QUEEN” Scholarship Foundation. The I scholarship is awarded to two graduating African-American young ladies for the Class of 2017. This year’s recipients are Akeyla Barksdale and Janayshia Caruthers, both of whom received $500 scholarships to assist them in furthering their education at the college of their choice in this fall.

Powered by her nonprofit, Collins has established the “The I AM QUEEN” Scholarship Foundation. Scholarships are awarded annually to two graduating African-American female students for the Class of 2017. This year’s recipients are Osceola’s Akeyla Barksdale and Janayshia Caruthers, both of whom received $500 scholarships to assist them in furthering their education at the college of their choice in this fall.   

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The goal of my nonprofit organization is to create an environment that intensifies self worth and elevates the self esteem of African-American females ages 13-18 in my own community through consistent hands on reconstruction, progressive self-empowerment, rebuilding a personal relationship with God, and various contributions to every day life experiences,” she said.

“The goal of my nonprofit organization is to create an environment that intensifies self worth and elevates the self esteem of African-American females ages 13-18 in my own community through consistent hands on reconstruction, progressive self-empowerment, rebuilding a personal relationship with God, and various contributions to every day life experiences,” she said. 

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — “I truly believe that my purpose in life is to inspire, encourage, uplift, and strengthen young women,” Collins, an Osceola High alum, told Making Headline News this week. “In order to accomplish these things, I had to experience pain in my life so I could have a story to tell about how amazing God has been to me.”

As for the company that helped make “I AM QUEEN” a reality, Collins said: “The thing that I love most about this company is the fact that God is the reason behind this company’s existence. This company loves God and works for God by insuring that all its clients’ needs are met. JKenkade went above and beyond to make sure that my book is appealing to the readers mentally, physically, and spiritually.”

Fortunately for Collins’ readers, they, too, are starting to become fully aware of that.

And what’s remarkably astounding is that today, unlike never before, she knows full well.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Arkansas minister/businesswoman Rhonda Hodges overcomes array of obstacles to start a flourishing nonprofit organization

CHANGING A GENERATION — A longtime registered nurse, Rhonda Hodges, 46, is the Founder and CEO of Rhonda Hodges Ministries, a Blytheville, Arkansas-based nonprofit organization/outreach ministry she organized largely as a strategic, effective way to empower this generation of women who, in turn, will empower other women.

BLYTHEVILLE, Arkansas — Rhonda Hodges recently had a photo shoot done.

This particular shoot, as far as she was concerned, was worth certainly celebrating, as evidence by the awe-inspiring message staged under a newly-erected photo on her Facebook timeline Wednesday evening.

Said Hodges in a rather intriguing, forthright post before her 1,700-plus Facebook followers: Because I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through!! Thanking God For The Scars and The Tears!!

And just like that, Hodges was the beneficiary of array of figurative applause, most notably from those who have witnessed her snatch victory from the jaws of defeat time and time again during her commendable, notable faith walk with her Creator.

BUT GOD — Having pressed and navigated her past arguably the darkest hours of her life, Hodges In 1993 I was accepted into an LPN program in 1993, and capped off that milestone by earning her degree in June 1994 and marrying the godly man whom, to both of their credit, is still her loving husband to date. Despite having found out five years into her marriage that she could not birth children, the Hodges ultimately adopted their son, Jeremiah, who was just six months old at the time he joined his new family in November 2008.

“At age 16 years old, I felt the Holy Spirit and I knew it was something special,” Hodges told Making Headline News this week. “The older women in the church would just tell me that God had a great work for me to do and to always let the Lord use me. However, my gifts and talents weren’t nurtured.”

Because she knew full well that God had strategically set her aside for His use, Hodges — even while heeding the advice of those seasoned Saints — steadfastly continued to engage in kingdom work.

Hodge’s primary mission through her nonprofit organizational is to encourage the masses in their local communities, churches, and schools, as well as to generate effective outcomes through marriage seminars, various conferences, and youth and women’s groups.

As unto the Lord, mind you.

Then in April 2000, that is when things became rather intriguing for this beloved Joiner, Arkansas native, who doesn’t shy away from the notion that she undoubtedly is after God’s own heart.

Having accepted her heaven-mandated calling into the ministry in April 2007, Hodges was officially ordained as a licensed minister under the leadership of Pastor Theodis Rucker.

“While I know that I am not all that I should be, I am truly a woman after God’s own heart,” Hodges said. “I love serving others and I have a sincere desire to see God’s children walk in their God-given purpose.”

So immersed and passionate about living and dwelling on the larger side of God Hodges had become that she appropriately had taken another monumental step toward her destiny.

On November 4, Hodges will host her annual fall women’s conference called, “More Than A  Conqueror,” during which she will  be working with the Haven, a local women’s shelter to promote awareness about domestic violence. Her first inspirational book entitled “When He Speaks,” — a devotional-based written document — is presently in the works, she said.

A longtime registered nurse, Hodges, 46, is the Founder and CEO of Rhonda Hodges Ministries, Inc., a Blytheville, Arkansas-based nonprofit organization/outreach ministry she organized largely as a strategic, effective way to empower this generation of women who, in turn, will empower other women.

Hodge’s primary mission through her nonprofit organizational is to encourage the masses in their local communities, churches, and schools, as well as to generate effective outcomes through marriage seminars, various conferences, and youth and women’s groups.

“Rhonda’s desire for Christ is an onward, outward and upward journey,” said a spokesperson for Rhonda Hodges Ministries, Inc. at http://www.rhondahodges.org.

Also, on November 4, Hodges will host her annual fall women’s conference called, “More Than A  Conqueror,” during which she will  be working with the Haven, a local women’s shelter to promote awareness about domestic violence. Her first inspirational book entitled “When He Speaks,” — a devotional-based written document — is presently in the works, she said.

Just like her countless of peers throughout the Body of Christ, Hodges, too, had to overcome arguably some of the greatest of obstacles long before she shifted her focus to ministry.

At the tender age of seven, for instance, she was molested by her then-16-year- old cousin and witnessed firsthand her mother endure domestic violence at the hands of her father approximately a year later.

Hodges’ father, in fact, attempted to “kill my mother,” she said, a devastating, downtrodden encounter that ultimately gave way to her mother moving her family from Memphis and back to the Natural State.

GOD’S ELECTED OFFICIAL — Having accepted her heaven-mandated calling into the ministry and in April 2007, Hodges was officially ordained as a licensed minister under the leadership of Pastor Theodis Rucker. Pictured with Hodges is her husband, Arkansas State Representative Monte Hodges.

“We were not as fortunate as others, so I began chopping cotton at age 11,” Hodges explained. I chopped every summer until I was 17, while also being the weekend babysitter for women who worked or went to parties.”

By the time she had turned 19, Hodges found herself dealing with her own slew of hardships through domestic abuse, a trend that also prompted the man whom she admittedly loved to violate her physically, mentally, and sexually.

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At times, Hodges said, “I found myself fighting for my own life,” a horrifically terrifying sequence that caused her to miss college classes and eventually vacate school altogether.

“I was forced to drop out of school and for several years,” Hodges recalled. “I had to rebuild my GPA in hopes of getting into a nursing program, (and that) was slim due to this.”

Hodge’s primary mission through her nonprofit organizational is to encourage the masses in their local communities, churches, and schools, as well as to amass effective outcomes through marriage seminars, various conferences, and youth and women’s groups.

Having pressed and navigated her past arguably the darkest hours of her life, Hodges was accepted into an LPN program in 1993, and then capped off that milestone by earning her degree in June 1994 and marrying the godly man whom, to both of their credit, is still her loving husband to date.

Despite having found out five years into her marriage that she could not birth children, the Hodges ultimately adopted their son, Jeremiah, who was just six months old at the time he joined his new family in November 2008.

“He was born on drugs, GI problems and, at birth, weighed three pounds, three ounces,” Hodges said.”

All things considered, Jeremiah undoubtedly was the appropriate name for the Hodges’ miracle child whom, befittingly, is a testament of just how God can turn an unfavorable situation into a dramatic comeback for the ages.

PRAYERS ANSWERED — In April 2000, things became rather intriguing for this beloved Joiner, Arkansas native, who doesn’t shy away from the notion that she undoubtedly is after God’s own heart.

His beloved mother surely can attest, as evidenced by her inspiring Facebook post Wednesday evening.

“Because I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through!! Thanking God For The Scars and The Tears!!” Hodges wrote before her 1,700-plus Facebook followers.

All of whom consequently provided her with some well-deserved figurative round of applause — all while getting a firsthand look at her remarkable new photo from her recent shoot.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphis-area life coach/motivational speaker Michael Scruggs generating national headlines for all the right reasons

MEMPHIS — There’s no other way to put it.

Michael Scruggs has gone viral for all the right reasons.

A longtime Memphis-area educator, Scruggs’ inspiring story that is centered largely on his pre-teaching ritual in which he jogs around his classroom chanting “I Am Number One” as his students look on in stunned amazement has appropriately caught the nation by storm.

So much, in fact, that Scruggs has witnessed his celebrity — most notably in the spirit realm — heighten immensely in recent months.

MEMPHIS’ NATIONAL CHAMPION — A longtime Memphis-area educator, Michael Scruggs’ story that is centered largely on his pre-teaching ritual in which he jogs around his classroom chanting, “I Am Number One,” as his students look on in wonderment has caught the nation by storm.

As he tells it, it is a foregone conclusion that God undoubtedly is behind all of the proverbial “I Am Number One” hoopla.

Errr…national hoopla.

“The most special thing about the national attention has been getting the validation for the work I’ve been doing behind the scenes for years,” Scruggs told Making Headline News this week. “Also, seeing my former students really being impacted by all of this has been a blessing.”

‘GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING’ — As Scruggs tells it, it is a foregone conclusion that God undoubtedly is behind all of the proverbial “I Am Number One” hoopla.

What’s even more remarkable for Scruggs is that his business-related venture outside of the classroom is starting to take shape in ways unimaginable.

Scruggs is an accomplished life coach/motivational speaker, a business-related endeavor he established in 2007.

A Memphis Central High School alum who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis and a Master’s degree in Education from Union University, Scruggs’ business involves mostly mentoring and giving back to young people, a trend that greatly fueled his desire to delve off into education and eventually become a teacher.

Pictured alongside the late Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson, Scruggs said the former COGIC Presiding Bishop was one of his most cherished mentors.

“From there, I started mentoring my former students by taking them out into the community,” Scruggs said of the purpose for which God created him to assemble his business venture. “People enjoyed listening to me speak and then I began doing motivational speaking.”

For what it’s worth, Scruggs’ customary classroom mantra, by all accounts, has been something about which his current and former students have prayed would ultimately find its way onto a much larger platform.

To his distinctly unique credit, those intercessory prayers on Scruggs’ behalf have finally been answered.

MASSIVE SUPPORTING CAST — A longtime member of the historic Temple of Deliverance Church of God In Christ, Scruggs credits the late Bishop G. E. Patterson, his wife, Louise Patterson, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Oprah Winfrey, his mother, his cousin, Juan, his former students, former Memphis Mayor W. W. Herenton, Dr. Steve Perry, Bobby White and Ed Stanton, his former college professor Dr. Ken Brown, and a host of former teachers for having a monumental impact on his life, thus helping empowering him for a time such as now.

“When I hear that a lot of them have prayed that I would be recognized nationally really has blown my mind,” Scruggs said. “They all recite, ‘I Am Number One,’ I have everything it takes to be No. 1.”

Fortunately for Scruggs, it’s safe to assume that America essentially has rallied around and embraced what obviously is becoming a catchphrase for the ages.

In addition to generating an array of headlines that were accompanied by footage of Scruggs running around his classroom uttering his festive, jubilant “I Am Number One” chant, this licensed ordained minister was recently invited to appear The Ellen DeGeneres Show to share of his feel good story, one that has drawn a massive figurative applause by millions around the country.

IT’S SHOWTIME — In addition to generating an array of headlines that were highlighted by footage of Scruggs running around his classroom uttering his festive, jubilant “I Am Number One” chat, this licensed ordained minister was recently invited to appear The Ellen DeGeneres Show to share of his feel good story, one that has drawn a massive figurative applause by millions around the country.

“It has opened up so many doors for me and I’m still humbled by all of the national attention,” Scruggs said of having appeared on a national talk show. “Favor will do what your money can’t do.”

Interesting enough, Memphis, a city that has been crippled by a poor economic landscape and a continuous rise in crime, has rallied around to offer support for one of its own.

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“It’s been great to shine a positive light on Memphis, given all of the negative attention Memphis receives,” Scruggs said. “Memphis is a great place with some awesome young people.”

STAY TUNED…THERE’S MORE — In addition, Scruggs said plans are in the works to open up a youth center that would allow him to continue his motivational speaking and, most of all, continue to enhance his beloved “I am Number One” movement, one that, to his credit, has caught the attention of the country.

A longtime member of the historic Temple of Deliverance Church of God In Christ, Scruggs credits the late Bishop G. E. Patterson, his wife, Louise Patterson, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Oprah Winfrey, his mother, his cousin, Juan, his former students, former Memphis Mayor W. W. Herenton, Dr. Steve Perry, Bobby White and Ed Stanton, his former college professor Dr. Ken Brown, and a host of former teachers for having a monumental impact on his life, thus helping empowering him for a time such as now.

“What’s next for me is to continue to allow the Lord to order my steps and impact youth in a bigger way,” said Scruggs, who’s also putting the finishing touches on his book.

In addition, Scruggs said plans are in the works to erect a youth center that would allow him to continue his motivational speaking and, most of all, continue to enhance his beloved “I am Number One” movement, one that to his credit, has caught the attention of virtually the entire country.

Talk about living the American dream.

“My goal and passion is to see the lives of young people changed for the better,” Scruggs said. “Having this call means to become selfless. I would have never thought a young man from south Memphis, raised in a single parent household, would ever be on national TV. If God did it for me, He can do it for anybody.”

There’s no other way to put it.

 

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